Man faces charges after Facebook threat to burn down school
BY LINDA BLASER firstname.lastname@example.org | @LindaJBlaser October 18, 2013 10:34AM
Victor Capaul, 19, 2407 E. Sand Lake Road, Lindenhurst, threatened to burn down Lake Forest High School on a Facebook post. | AP FILE
Updated: November 20, 2013 6:10AM
A Facebook threat to burn down Lake Forest High School by a 2012 graduate may result in a maximum one-year prison sentence and $3,000 fine.
Lake Forest police arrested Victor Capaul, 19, 2407 E. Sand Lake Road, Lindenhurst, on a warrant on Monday, Oct. 7, and later charged him with disorderly conduct for posting a comment on Facebook that contained “some negative comment(s) about Lake Forest, and the end line was he was going to come to town and burn the school down,” Lake Forest Police Deputy Chief Karl Walldorf said.
The threatening message was “a single post, several lines long, and burning down the school was only a part of it,” Walldorf said.
Capaul admitted to posting the comments on another former Lake Forest High School student’s Facebook page.
“Another former student, who was alarmed about it, notified the school, who was also alarmed, and notified our detective,” Walldorf said.
Police responded to the initial call from Lake Forest High School, 1285 N. McKinley Road, at 2:14 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, regarding the social media threat.
“We take all such threats seriously and work closely with the police department to ensure the safety of our students and staff,” Principal Barry Rodgers said.
Capaul was processed and taken to Lake County Jail for a bond hearing. Bond was set at $20,000. Capaul is scheduled to appear on Nov. 21 in Lake County Court in Waukegan.
Walldorf said that Capaul’s arrest is not the first Facebook-related arrest for the city.
“We have investigated similar threats using various social media outlets, although usually against a person, not an institution,” he said.
Social media arrests are “not common” in Lake Forest, Walldorf added.